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only half the thyroid will be taken out? I want it all out!

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I have been diagnosed with a follicular hurthle cell oncocytic neoplasm after 5 months I am having surgery in 2 weeks for half the thyroid taken out.I want it all out as the doctors and tests missed my early bladder cancer last year.Any help appreciated and your opinion.Thank you and God bless.

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replied March 21st, 2012
Thyroid Cancer Answer A33044

Welcome to ehealthforum and thanks for writing

Hurthle cell carcinoma is a rare cancer of the thyroid gland and has high incidence of metastasis.The surgical removal of the gland depends on the initial size,extent,spread and location of the neoplastic tissue.Other than that various other factors as age,any other disease in the patient are also to be considered.

Usually total or near total thyroidectomy(removal of the thyroid gland)is the most preferred treatment for it.Usually small parts of the thyroid tissue near the parathyroid gland are left as they regulate the calcium levels.
After the surgery usually hormonal preparation as Levothyroxine is to be taken for life long.

Since I am not aware of the entire history,exact location and extent it is difficult to comment regarding the preferred treatment option for you.But you can discuss with your treating Surgeon regaring this.Relax as after evaluating your case he might have decided the best treatment option available for you.

Take Care!

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